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View Diary: DAMNING Congressional Record: Cries for Help Ignored By The Federal Government [updated] (150 comments)

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  •  CNN is confused about the issues involved (none)
    but they may be getting it sorted out.

    The Washington Post has an interesting story (you'll have to skip the ad).

    But local officials, who still feel overwhelmed by the continuing tragedy, demanded accountability and as well as action.

    "Why did it happen? Who needs to be fired?" asked Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, south of New Orleans.

    Far from deferring to state or local officials, FEMA asserted its authority and made things worse, Mr. Broussard complained on "Meet the Press."

    When Wal-Mart sent three trailer trucks loaded with water, FEMA officials turned them away, he said. Agency workers prevented the Coast Guard from delivering 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and on Saturday they cut the parish's emergency communications line, leading the sheriff to restore it and post armed guards to protect it from FEMA, Mr. Broussard said.

    One sign of the continuing battle over who was in charge was Governor Blanco's refusal to sign an agreement proposed by the White House to share control of National Guard forces with the federal authorities.

    Under the White House plan, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré would oversee both the National Guard and the active duty federal troops, reporting jointly to the president and Ms. Blanco.

    "She would lose control when she had been in control from the very beginning," said Ms. Bottcher, the governor's press secretary.

    Ms. Bottcher was one of several officials yesterday who said she believed FEMA had interfered with the delivery of aid, including offers from the mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, and the governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson.

    •  Blanco was NOT INVITED to meet w/Bush today (none)
      As reported by MSNBC -- she was not even notified that he was coming to Baton Rouge until this morning, upon which she canceled her trip to Houston and essentially invited herself by calling either the White House or the Bush advance team.

      I detect Rove's greasy fingerprints on this "oversight."

      "You with your big words, and your...small, difficult words!" -- Peter Griffin

      by Penny Century on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 09:07:16 AM PDT

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